An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.
Pug is a very happy pup. He has his own yard, his own bowl, and even his own cozy bed! That is, until Pig moves in and starts eating from Pug’s bowl, interrupting Pug’s routine, and, worst of all, sleeping in Pug’s bed. Will Pug and Pig ever learn to live together as friends?
This sweet and silly story about a darling duo celebrates the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.
Pug is master of the house indeed, his human owners are never seen. Then a new pet, Pig, shows up, wearing a blue dress with a ruffle, no less. Pig immediately and cheerfully co-opts everything that Pug loves: his doghouse, his dish, and his "work" antagonizing the local cat. "Pug is not happy," writes first-time picture book author Gallion in her sublimely economic, emotionally resonant text, which is also simple enough to engage budding readers. "He is not happy here at home anymore." When Pug realizes he can help a miserable Pig navigate a newly installed doggie door ("Pig's round middle cannot fit") the relationship shifts: Pug is no longer put-upon he's a problem solver. Gallion wisely lets the reward of selflessness speak for itself, while Wan's (The Whale in My Swimming Pool) pert, roly-poly characters look like something lifted out of readers' own toy boxes. Proffered with the lightest of touches, it's a story that readers can easily take to heart. Up to age 8. Author's agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator's agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency.